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Prison Break - Season 2 - Part 1 [2006] [DVD]
Prison Break - Season 2 - Part 1 [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wentworth Miller
Offered by BAZZMEDIA
Price: £22.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life outside the prison, 31 May 2007
Season 2 of Prison Break picks up exactly where Season 1 ended, with the convicts having broken out of prison succesfully. The whole of Season 2 focuses on Michael's quest to keep his brother out of prison, while the FBI and the Government try to hunt them down and kill them.

Season 2 is not as compelling as the First season of this great TV show, but nonetheless it makes for pretty entertaining and gripping stuff. Towards the end it does start getting a bit silly and overblown, with the chase for the convicts leading the action to Mexico and Panama, amongst others. What we do get to see is see more into the personalities of the escapees and their allies and pursuers. The acting is top notch, with Robert Knepper, who portrays dangerous sociopath T-Bone, particularly catching the eye.

I would recommend this film to anyone who wishes to see an edge-of-your-seat tv show, although this second season is very inferior to the first, that was innovating and thrilling.

Hot Fuzz (2 Disc Special Edition) With Limited Edition Artcards (Exclusive to [DVD] [2007]
Hot Fuzz (2 Disc Special Edition) With Limited Edition Artcards (Exclusive to [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Simon Pegg
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.99

3 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Shaun Of the Dead, 30 May 2007
The long awaited follow-up to "Shaun of the Dead" was a disappointment of sorts for me. Although retaining the comedy duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost it is a totally different proposition than Shaun of the Dead. The film follows a police officer (played by Simon Pegg), too good at his job for his superiors' liking, who is shipped off to a village where the crime-rate is non-existent. Needless to say all is not how it seems..

While Shaun of the Dead played on the Romero zombie films, Hot Fuzz plays with the Spaghetti Western genre, with a final shootout with various mutilations and a whole lot of dead people.

While the film has a great cast who works well, even including the former James Bond Timothy Dalton in a turn as a police officer and the film's anarchic charm, it simply did not do it for me. When watching it on DVD I found myself skipping through some parts of the film, and that is precisely the problem with it: it does not grip you in its entirety and the sections of it where there is little comedy are a bit of a letdown.

All in all this is a pretty decent film, good enough for a night in and to have a laugh, but hardly a comedy classic
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300 (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD]
300 (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £2.54

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 30 May 2007
The graphic novel from which this film is taken is by Frank Miller, one of the most famous and esteemed contemporary comic artists. Snyder (The film's director) narrates to us the story of the epic battle of the Termophilis of 480 b.C., in which the King of Sparta, Leonidas, along with 300 of his soldiers stood his ground for three whole days against the formidable and immense army of Persia, led by its king Xerses. This is a brief synopsis of the film. We need to remember that "300", in Frank Miller's mind, was not an historical novel, he was only interested in seeing how an army of few but with great will was able to hold its ground against the largest army of ancient times. There is a line of continuity between Leonidas and Marv from "Sin City": both of them with their sacrifices defeat the power in the moment that this power ends their lives on Earth.Znyder's film renders the graphic novel's atmospheres even darker and more claustrophobic, with an end result that bring to mind some scenes from "The Return Of The King". "300" is an epic-fantasy film with startling costumes and exotic animals that seem almost "fantasy" in the film, such as the rhinoceroses and the elephants. The violence is extreme and excessive, the battle scenes roll one after the other with an orgy of coreographed and spectacularised mutilations and beheadings. The cast of the film reflects the legendary and epic figures of the story and thanks to CGI Rodrigo Santoro (last seen in Love Actually) becomes a towering Xerses, more than 2m tall. Gerard Butler's depiction of Leonidas is very honest but after a while you seem to think that his penchant for ridiculous and overblown battle cries slightly lessens the character.

All in all this is a very enjoyable film, though maybe not indicated to anyone who might be disgusted by the overblown violence depicted. The film is overblown, over-coloured, over-violent and for all these things simply brilliant.

Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD]
Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £6.75

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre adaptation, 30 May 2007
Having read Perfume, by Suskind many a time and having warmly recommended it to anyone wanting to read an extraordinary book, I felt compelled to watch the film taken from it.

To tell the truth there is only one word that can describe it: mediocre. The performances are good, especially by Dustin Hoffman, who has a small role as a perfumer; the scenography is also very good; the story is very faithful to the book. Nonetheless the film lacks a spark, perhaps because it is too faithful to the book, not adding anything to the experience of reading it.

Do not watch this film if you are looking for an entertaining or particularly good film, watch it only if you are curious to see the murderous fantasies of Jean-Baptiste Grunuis transported onto celluloid.

Romanzo Criminale [DVD]
Romanzo Criminale [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kim Rossi Stuart
Price: £8.33

94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Organised Crime Film, 23 April 2007
This review is from: Romanzo Criminale [DVD] (DVD)
This film can actually be considered a history of the recent Italian history. Although set us a conventional crime film, it tells a very unconventional real life story about a group of "street kids" from Rome that became the crimelords of the city and whose stories intertwine with national and international politics and interests. Although a very long film, clocking in at nearly three hours, the story flows and we are sucked into the lives of the characters of the film, feeling empathy and compassion for their fates. The film begins in the mid 60s with the first arrest of the boys who became the "Banda della Magliana" and ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall, encompassing all the terrorism and collusion between Mafia and politics in which the "Banda della Magliana" supposedly played a part, and for this at least the film should be cherished. Although not a great fan of recent Italian cinema I could not help but be mesmerized and overawed by this film that, had it been made in Hollywood, would have maybe rivalled the Godfather films, nevermind the Scorsese films on Mafia.

I recommend this film to anyone reading this review, hoping they might spread the word of this little gem of a film.

Duck and Cover
Duck and Cover
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.20

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an impressive ska-punk album, 2 Mar 2005
This review is from: Duck and Cover (Audio CD)
This is the mad caddies' first album on a major record company and luckily they have not sold out. This is actually their strongest effort to date, blending street punk with ska, reggae and in some points even jazz! This is the perfect album to get up to, with its infectious rhythms that have you prancing around while reggae interludes in the songs bring down your adrenaline levels and soothe you with their laid-back melody.
Anyway this is a must-buy for ska-punk fans who want to listen to something a bit more mature and... yeah.. better than ska-p and the mighty mighty bosstones.

Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite albums of the recent years, 2 Mar 2005
This review is from: Silent Alarm (Audio CD)
The first time I heard of the bloc party was via NME, thus making me fairly suspicious. Usually bands present in NME are overduly hyped up, but this is not the case. When I conquered my mistrust and first listened to this album, I was captured. The Bloc Party play a very original brand of indie, taking inspiration from great bands such as joy division and early cure as well as television. The album starts with "like eating glass", one of the best openers heard in recent years. there are not enough superlatives to describe the depth and wide range of their music. The lyrics are also suggestive, verging between the genial and the ridiculously incomprehensive. If you like new-wave, indie, or any type of cutting-edge, "different" music, this album is a must-buy!

Moon in the Scorpio
Moon in the Scorpio

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mystical black metal, 7 May 2004
This review is from: Moon in the Scorpio (Audio CD)
Limbonic art is comprised of two members, while the drums are created thanks to the aid of a drum-machine. Moon in the Scorpio is their debut album and is everything that black metal scorned at the time, coupling ferocious guitars and light-quick drums to majestic symphonies. The bassis non-existent in this album, the two members preferring to use the guitars to build up a wall of sound. Every song lasts over 6 minutes, the vocals veer between traditional black metal shrieks and baritonal choruses reminiscent of Ulver.
The production is impeccable, creating the right balance between guitars, drum-machine, vocals and synthesizer and conjuring up a decadent atmosphere.
The stand-out track, although every single song is majestic in itself, is the first one, "Beyond the candles burning".
The only reason I give it (only) 4 stars is to differentiate it from their follow up, "In abhorrence Dementia" that managed to top it. This is the perfect album for you whether you like old-school black metal with melodic influences or whether you prefer Dimmu Borgir and their like's more violent and disturbing parts.

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Price: £14.42

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best old-school black metal album ever, 7 May 2004
The title of the album is a latin phrase that means "About the mysteries of Lord Satan". This is what you need to expect when listening to this crude and threatening record! The album was released after the death of Mayhem's guitarist, Euronymous (Greek for Prince of Darkness", killed by the bass player, Count Grishnackh,whose contribution on this album was dubbed over. Mayhem were the founders of black metal as we know it today and this was supposed to be the definitive statement on the ferocity and darkness enveloping the new Norwegian scene.
The first track is Funeral Fog with haunting vocals by Attila, now singer with Aborym, whose vocal style is very dark and original; actually he sounds like a wounded madman, spewing rage and depravity. The rest of the tracks also are very impressive, conjuring up a very dark atmosphere that sucks you right in. Hellhammer's drums also are very impressive, thundering away together with the bass. The only negative note can be made about the production on this album, even though its lo-fi, I suspect, 4-track recording in itself helps with the atmosphere of a pagan rite. A great, great album and a must-buy for any black metal fan!
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